Gov’t commissioner attends Atomexpo in Moscow

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Attila Aszódi, Hungaryʼs government commissioner for the upgrade of the countryʼs sole nuclear power plant Paks, attended the plenary session yesterday of Atomexpo, an international exhibition and conference on nuclear energy being held in Moscow from June 1 to 3, state news agency MTI reported.

Nuclear energy is vital to Hungary because the country needs a cheap and reliable source of a large quantity of electricity, Aszodi said. He noted that Hungary plans to keep nuclear energy as part of its energy portfolio until the end of the century, with the two new blocks of the Paks nuclear power plant playing a key role in providing cheap electricity to households and industry.

Aszódi pointed out that the carbon-dioxide quota will likely become more expensive in the years to come, making nuclear energy cheaper. The government commissioner confirmed that Russian and Hungarian partners are working to ensure that Hungarian companies are given 40% of the supplier contracts, as stipulated in the agreement signed by the two governments.

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